Ki (pronounced “key”) is Japanese for universal energy or life force; it’s the central syllable in Aikido and the symbol you see in my logo.
Take conflict. Options contract, focus narrows, breathing stops. I freeze or run or try to fight my way out. These choices have always seemed limiting. They deplete energy and increase frustration.
As martial art, metaphor, and teaching method, Aikido offers another choice.
Developed in the twentieth century, Aikido is the invention of a highly skilled and spiritual Japanese warrior, Morihei Ueshiba (1883–1969). Practitioners call him O Sensei (“Great Teacher”). Making subtle changes in the combat disciplines he’d mastered, he conceived a martial art that would disarm an attack without harming. Translated as “the way of blending with energy,” his aim for Aikido was not merely self-defense but a new way to reconcile differences.
Aikido provides an elegant metaphor and teaching tool in conflict and communication skill-building, offering a variety of ways to incorporate its principles. Participants enjoy watching the flow of Aikido and feeling their reactive patterns shift. Aikido:
We can train on the mat or in the classroom. You decide how active we will be. All abilities benefit from the learning environment and gain skills to reduce conflict, increase clear communication, and build high performance teams.
Call it what you will—self-control, emotion management—your ability to remain powerful and flexible when faced with difficulty is a foundational life skill.
Aikido’s power lies in joining the adversary and harnessing their energy. Aikidoists call the attack “a gift of energy.”
By “working with” instead of against the adversary, you lead them into partnership. Aikido is a non-resistant, assertive art used by effective leaders the world over.
I founded Power & Presence Training in 1993, in order to teach, coach, and write about conscious conflict. You can do this, too. Learn about conflict, change ineffective habits, and have fun in the process!
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